Benin Republic, Togo, and Nigeria have jointly initiated Operation Safe Domain II under the theme ‘Enhancing Maritime Security through Collaboration for Regional Prosperity’. The launch event took place on Monday in Benin Republic, marking a significant step towards ensuring regional maritime safety and security.

However, it was noted that the Niger Republic, one of the signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was conspicuously absent from the ceremony. Despite their absence, the remaining countries remain committed to the objectives outlined in the agreement.

Commodore Aniedi Ibok, the Director of the Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre Zone E, highlighted that Operation Safe Domain II is an integral component of the MoU signed in 2014. The agreement aims to facilitate seamless cooperation among the navies of the participating countries in combating criminal elements in the maritime domain, without any border restrictions.

This collaborative effort signifies a crucial milestone in strengthening regional security and fostering prosperity in the maritime sector. By working together, Benin Republic, Togo, and Nigeria can effectively address maritime threats, such as piracy, smuggling, and other illicit activities that pose significant risks to the region’s economic stability.

The launch of Operation Safe Domain II demonstrates the collective determination of these nations to safeguard their maritime territories and promote a conducive environment for trade, investment, and sustainable development. Through joint patrols, intelligence sharing, and coordinated operations, the participating navies will enhance their capabilities in combating maritime crimes and ensuring the safety of vessels, seafarers, and coastal communities.